Sports

UFC Fight Island 6: Dominant Ortega Returns With A Win

Brian Ortega (15-1 1NC) put on a dominant display against ‘The Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung (16-6) in his return to the octagon. ‘T-City’ made all the right moves, including a dazzling spinning elbow in round two, in his first fight in 22 months, earning the unanimous decision (UD). The fight was scored 50-45 by all three judges. The main …


Film&TV

Birds of Prey Review

By James Roulston Mooney ‘Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)’ is the new DC film in their universe. It serves a spin-off to ‘Suicide Squad’, acknowledging it multiple times throughout the film. David Ayer, director of the problematic 2016 film, returns as a producer on DC’s new project. Directed by Cathy Yan and starring Oscar-nominee …


Are Resurgent Southampton Ready for Liverpool?

By James Roulston Mooney Southampton face Liverpool tomorrow in their final game before the Premier League winter break begins. Sitting in ninth after 24 games and currently on a decent run of form, one could optimistically say the south-coast side are comfortably safe this season, even if only eight points separate them from the relegation zone. They are even closer …

Jim Gavin leaves Dublin: What happens next?

Jim Gavin has resigned as Dublin GAA football manager in a move that has shocked the GAA community. The man who managed arguably the greatest team in Gaelic football history, Mr Gavin leaves a legacy that many will equally adore and envy. Chairman of the County Committee, Seán Shanley said in a statement on the inter-county side’s website that he …

Crisis? What crisis? An analysis of Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich and crisis – these words are ever-present in articles concerning the state of the Bavarian giants this season, but they are very misleading. Bayern are nowhere near a crisis, in contrast to what the media will tell you. Former boss Niko Kovač left by mutual agreement on November 3, a day after a 5-1 defeat to his former …

“This year is our year!” – Can Liverpool go all the way?

After 13 games, the Premier League is comfortably underway and nearing its frantic winter schedule. Liverpool are currently on top, with many tipping them to go all the way, but can they hold on? The question on many rival fans and eager Liverpool fans’ minds might be answered in this period. Firstly, to grasp the strength of this Liverpool team, …

An Focal’s First Take Club #7 – The Godfather Part 3

“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!” Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘The Godfather: Part III’ is seen by many as the most disappointing of all time. With my recent Godfather binge, I was worried about this film, as I knew of the widespread disappointment felt among fans of the previous two films, deemed by the masses …

An Focal’s First Take Club #6 – The Godfather Part 2

“I don’t feel I have to wipe everybody out, Tom. Just my enemies” The Godfather: Part II is considered one of, if not, the greatest film of all time, and by default, the best sequel of all time. (Apart from A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors – Ed)  With the film famously winning Best Picture, much like its …

Le Mans’ 66 Review: Sleek crowd-pleasing drama will take Oscar gold

“Out there is the perfect lap….Can you see it?” ‘Le Mans ‘66’, or ‘Ford v Ferrari’ in most countries, brings to the big screen the story of Ford’s victory at Le Mans in 1966, or more specifically, the relationship between driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) and automotive designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon). The film revolves around the pair battling corporate …